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Updated 8/31/15
Copyright 2015

Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

Save Forests and Save Birds

Ancient Boreal forests are being cut down for 
Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels and Catalogs!

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Birding Advocacy
Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.

Photos and Results of Our Past Walks
2007- 2011

Owl Walk- March 24
Owlet Walk April 15, 2012
Spring “Migration Madness” Walk- May 6
Clapper Rail Walk- May 27   
Fall Migration Walk- Sept. 23, 2012
Migration Walk- October 14, 2012
Last Minute Barred Owl Walk- Dec. 9, 2012
Bronx Brooklyn Walk- January 12
Spring Migration Walk- May 5
Three Club Walk-  August 24
Fall Migration Walk 2013
Owlet Walk- April 13
Spring Migration Walk -May 10
Fall Migration Walk-October 12
After Thanksgiving Walk- Nov. 20

Early Spring Walk- April 12
Second Spring Migration Walk- May 3Previous_Birdwalks.htmlOwl_Walk.htmlOwlet_Walk.htmlMigration_Madness.htmlClapper_Rail_walk.htmlFall_Migration_Walk.htmlFall_Migration_2012.htmlbarred_Owl_Walk.htmlBronx_Brooklyn_Walk.htmlSpring_Migration_2013.htmlThree_Club_Walk.htmlFall_Migration_2013.htmlOwlet_Walk_2014.htmlSpring_Migration_2014.htmlFall_Migration_2014.htmlAfter-Thanksgiving.htmlAfter-Thanksgiving.htmlEarly_Spring_2015.htmlSEcond_Spring_Migration_Walk.htmlshapeimage_11_link_0shapeimage_11_link_1shapeimage_11_link_2shapeimage_11_link_3shapeimage_11_link_4shapeimage_11_link_5shapeimage_11_link_6shapeimage_11_link_7shapeimage_11_link_8shapeimage_11_link_9shapeimage_11_link_10shapeimage_11_link_11shapeimage_11_link_12shapeimage_11_link_13shapeimage_11_link_14shapeimage_11_link_15shapeimage_11_link_16shapeimage_11_link_17shapeimage_11_link_18


Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman


Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)

New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)


City Island?
Pelham Bay Park Map
City Island Community
Directions Here
City Island Birding ClubCIB_Club.html

There’s at least one pair of Eastern Kingbirds at Turtle Cove Pond.

Here’s a bird I’ve been wanting to find here again. It’s a female Bobolink.

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

The Kazimiroff Nature Trail of Hunter Island
You may have noticed the new signs posted along the paths on Hunter island. The numbers correlate to different features of the “Island.” If you link below, you can find out what each sign post means. Dr. Kazimiroff was a noted Bronx naturalist. The trail marked in his honor winds through the largest and most natural of all of NYC parks. This area was once hunting and fishing grounds and the site of huge mansions. To find out more, print and bring the guide with you on your next walk. Kazimiroff Trail.pdf


As far as I can tell, this is an Eastern Tailed Blue. I could be wrong. It was down at Turtle Cove.

Carolina Wrens are also around the park. I used to see and hear a lot of them over in the southern zone but I just never go there any more because of the construction.

Cedar Waxwings will be back soon, look for the foliage with berries.

This is the time of the year when American Goldfinch lose their beautiful bright colors. Photo taken at Turtle Cove.

Last fall , I found this Blackpoll Warbler in the woods right over the City Island Bridge. I don’t know if this area will be as productive since they did a replanting there after eradicating invasive plant species.


                                           Fall Bird Walk/ Birding at Bartow

                                                September 27 at 8:30 AM

                                           Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

                                                Link for More Info

Our first Fall walk will be at the Bartow Pell Mansion Museum as listed above. This walk will be in conjunction with the museum. As usual, the walk is free, parking is free and there will be good fun. This is a new venue for some and there may be more opportunities for seeing shore and wading birds, along with raptors and passerines.

As I write this, its almost a month away and birds may come in beforehand. If I expect a good flight on a weekend, I will call another walk earlier for another venue, perhaps Hunter Island. I will be able to send out an email blast only a few days prior. What we need is a cold blast of air from the northwest to bring in some migrating species. Central Park and Prospect park have had some good warblers coming through but I don’t think suffering the heat and humidity is worth the effort yet. Once the weather breaks we should be ready for action.